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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 6990

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features a clock speed of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6990, which features a GPU core clock speed of 830 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 Stream Processors, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 255 Watts (213%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6990 should in theory be a lot better than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 123392 (63%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 is a lot (about 47%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 159360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50928 (47%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be much (approximately 36%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6990, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6990 53120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19168 (36%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Radeon HD 6990

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Radeon HD 6990
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 March 2011
Code Name GP106-300 Antilles
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1506 MHz 830 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 375 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 159360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 53120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 72 96 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 4400 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Radeon HD 6990

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